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Ravens Get Concerning Injury News On Monday

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens added a major piece to their defense on Monday, trading for Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith.

But they also got unfortunate news about one of their top offensive weapons.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced that wide receiver Rashod Bateman is expected to miss "a few weeks" due to a foot injury.

According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, the Ravens initially believed Bateman would have a shot to suit up for Monday's matchup against the New Orleans Saints but have since gotten word that the injury is more severe than they originally thought.

"Ravens WR Rashod Bateman is going to be out a few weeks with a foot injury, coach John Harbaugh said. Team thought it was just a tweak after Thursday's game but it was more serious than originally believed, Harbaugh said." -- Jamison Hensley

Bateman missed two games with the foot injury earlier this season, then returned to the lineup for the Ravens' past two games. He re-injured his foot during team's Thursday Night Football win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, prompting him to leave after playing just 13 snaps.

The loss of Bateman is significant for a wide receiver room that lacks other consistent weapons. Despite missing nearly three full games, the former first-round draft pick ranks second among Ravens wideouts in receiving yards and touchdowns this season.

The team's leading pass-catcher, tight end Mark Andrews, is dealing with injury issues, as well. 

Andrews didn't practice last week due to a knee injury, then left the Thursday night game due to an injured shoulder. His status for Monday's matchup remains unclear.